DeSantis to visit Israel for April 27 Jerusalem speech

SURFSIDE, FLORIDA - JUNE 14: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis arrives to speak during a press conference at the Shul of Bal Harbour on June 14, 2021 in Surfside, Florida. The governor spoke about the two bills he signed HB 529 and HB 805. HB 805 ensures that volunteer ambulance services, including Hatzalah, can operate. HB 529 requires Florida schools to hold a daily moment of silence. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis arrives to speak during a press conference at the Shul of Bal Harbour on June 14, 2021 in Surfside, Florida.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

OAN National Political Correspondent, Neil W. McCabe
6:25 AM – Tuesday, March 28, 2023

(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) Florida’s Republican governor, currently running a shadow campaign for president, announced today that he is traveling to Jerusalem to deliver a keynote address at the Museum of Tolerance’s April 27 “Celebrate the Faces of Israel” event.


“At a time of unnecessarily strained relations between Jerusalem and Washington, Florida serves as a bridge between the American and Israeli people,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said, who is now beginning his second four-year term.

“A few months after my inauguration for my first term as Governor of Florida, I traveled to Israel for a state visit with the largest ever trade delegation from the Sunshine State to the Jewish State,” the governor said, whose address is expected to focus on the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship, especially in difficult times. He travels to Israel as a part of a trade delegation.

“Since that time, we have strengthened the relationship between Florida and Israel through increased investment by Israeli companies in our state, fighting the scourge of BDS, and being home to the fastest-growing Jewish population in the United States,” he said.

DeSantis delivers his address before a crowd of 400 participants, including around 120 American Jewish philanthropists, according to the press release from the governor’s office.

The event is co-sponsored by The Jerusalem Post, seeks to tackle ever-present tensions in Israel, teach about the country’s history, and introduce the audience to the changemakers who embrace tolerance and acceptance, according to the statement.

Neil W. McCabe is a One America News national political correspondent based in Tallahassee. Before his current posting, Neil covered the White House and Capitol Hill for OAN. In his career, he has reported for Breitbart, Human Events and Townhall, and for 15 months, he deployed with the Army Reserve to Iraq as a combat historian. Follow him on Twitter: @neilwmccabe2 and Truth: @reportermccabe.

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